Category Archives: Studio Visit

An Interview with Providence Monthly

I recently sat down with Elyena de Giguel for a chat that was featured in the most recent issue of Providence Monthly Magazine.

Sometimes being a jeweler means that you’re leading a solitary practice, sequestered in your studio without much creative input our output. So, it was a great change of pace to be able to dust off my archive of work and look back into the evolution of what I’ve been working on for the past couple of years. Over the course of a bottle of wine, we talked about my studio practice, jewelry as an art form, my work at the Steel Yard, and more. Check out the full article here.

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An Interview With Winter Moon

I was recently visited in my studio by Olivia from Winter Moon Blog for an Islay Taylor Winter Moon Interviewinterview. Olivia and I chatted about jewelry, design, and what I’ve been making as of late. Here are a couple of my favorite questions that Olivia asked me:

How does an idea become a piece of Jewelry?

“For me, it’s a process of day dreaming, sketching, building, messing up, remaking, finishing, and then putting it on! There isn’t a step-by-step route to transform an idea to a piece of artwork, I find that good ideas just sort of take root and grow into finished products all by themselves.”

tell us about your studio and what you’ve chosen to surround yourself with.

“It’s really important for a studio space to not only function well, but to also be a place that you want spend time in. Our studio is very functional and comfortable, and reflects what each of us is currently working on. There are a ton of tools, machines and materials, but there’s also a common space and lounge area. Frequently, we’ll gather together to share wine and food, talk about art, and then begin collaboratively making new pieces together. Our studio is very fertile!”

As always, Olivia was lovely and we have a really great conversation. It’s always interesting to hear about your interests and goals through another persons filter. To get inside my studio and my head, you can read the full interview here.

Winter Moon Islay TaylorPhoto taken by Olivia Mansion.

Studio Monster

I have this giant Orchid Cactus in my studio that’s currently in full bloom. It’s overwhelmingly large and beautifully ominous,  I’m actually a little afraid to turn my back on it. What if it’s not a plant and all and is really an angry carnivorous octopus? At fourteen feet in length, that speculation isn’t too far off. I’ve appropriately named it the Audrey II, and plan on offering a sacrifice in order to satiate its hunger for eating lowly jewelers.islay taylor studio cactus MID

Studio Field Trip

Recently, I was lucky enough to be able to visit the studio of local Silversmith, Jeffrey Herman. Jeffrey is the founder of the Society of American Silversmiths, and also runs his own business, Herman Silver, out of his studio. He does everything from professionally polishing silver pieces to restoring museum quality silverwork. His studio is an efficient and immaculate shop set up do to numerous processes. I loved how organized and clean it is, and how highly polished all his tools are.